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80
Engadget
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Review

Every year around this time the networks come out with their list of pilots being developed for their fall schedule. Some of them sound like sure-fire winners, some are so-so, and some will never see the light of day. The one that I just read about will be lucky if it even gets mentioned again after today, especially in the climate of increased scrutiny from the government and consumer watch groups. NBC has unveiled a pilot called "The Book of Daniel" which, according to the network, features Jesus as a "contemporary, cool" figure who appears as a personal confidant to an Episcopal minister named Daniel Webster who, by the way, is addicted to prescription pills. (Imagine if he was Catholic? Why not bring molestation into the plotline, too?) An NBC executive says the show is "slightly provocative." No kidding! How quickly do you think the Reverend Donald Wildmon, Jerry Falwell, and Pat Robertson will be launching boycotts of NBC's advertisers and initiating letter-writing campaigns? NBC has got to be joking with this one.

Pros
  • New touchscreen UI is slickSmaller and lighter than ever beforeSound quality was very good
Cons
  • Still a bit priceySmall size makes it easy to loseLack of video playback could bother some
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Scores

Engadget

80
 

User Reviews

90
Sean Rockford
Love it just like a mini iphone interface this is soooo easy to use and the...read more
80
Veronica Belmont
I'm a little disappointed that Apple removed a few key features from this...read more
90
Matt Gajownik
I have never had an MP3 Player that sorts my music correctly, and this seems...read more
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Model
8GB

Key Specs

Type
Audio player
Media type
Internal storage
Audio playback time
up to 2420
Audio codec support
Aac, Mp3, Wav
Screen size
1.5422
Screen resolution
240x240
WiFi
No
Installable apps
No

General

Type
Audio player
Media type
Internal storage (8 GB) (Flash)
Radio tuner
Yes (FM) (No) (No)

Supported media

Audio codec support
Aac, Mp3, Wav
Audible support
Yes
Video playback
No
Photo viewer
Yes (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png, Tiff)

Connectivity

WiFi
No
Bluetooth
No

Audio features

Speakers
None
Audio recording
Yes (Microphone)
Volume limiter
Yes

Audio quality

Noise cancellation
No
Equalizer
Yes
Frequency response
{"1":20, "2":20000} Hz
Impedance
32 ohms

Software

Apps (default)
Stopwatch, Voice recorder
Installable apps
No
Upgradeable firmware
Yes

Display

Display
Yes

Connections

Audio jack
3.5mm
USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging) (Yes)
FireWire / 1394
No
Video output
No

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)
Audio playback time
up to 24 hours

Camera

Camera
No

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer (motion)

Compatibility

Requires desktop software
Yes (Windows, Mac)

Other features

Screen size
1.54 inches
Screen resolution
240x240
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
Model
16GB

Key Specs

Type
Audio player
Media type
Internal storage
Audio playback time
up to 2420
Audio codec support
Aac, Mp3, Wav
Screen size
1.5422
Screen resolution
240x240
WiFi
No
Installable apps
No

General

Type
Audio player
Media type
Internal storage (Flash)
Radio tuner
Yes (No) (No)

Other features

Screen size
3.91 cm
Screen resolution
240x240
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes

Supported media

Audio codec support
Aac, Mp3, Wav
Audible support
Yes
Video playback
No
Photo viewer
Yes

Connectivity

WiFi
No
Bluetooth
No

Display

Display
Yes

Connections

Audio jack
3.5mm
FireWire / 1394
No
Video output
No

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable
Audio playback time
up to 24 hours

Audio features

Speakers
None
Audio recording
Yes
Volume limiter
Yes

Audio quality

Noise cancellation
No
Equalizer
Yes
Frequency response
{"1":20, "2":20000} Hz

Software

Apps (default)
Stopwatch, Voice recorder
Installable apps
No
Upgradeable firmware
Yes

Camera

Camera
No

Compatibility

Requires desktop software
Yes